Among the numerous takeaways from Sunday's 27-20 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs at NRG Stadium, one fairly obvious one is that the Texans' offense desperately needs running back Arian Foster to return from a groin tear that has sidelined him since early in training camp. I mean, like, REALLY desperately.
On the surface, the Texans' running game Sunday was all right on a per-carry basis, with 21 carries totaling 98 yards (4.7 yards per carry). But the yards were not impactful, and on the one play where the running game needed to get them a yard — 4th and 1 deep in Chiefs territory in the third quarter — they couldn't get it done. Foster is undoubtedly missed.
Since last week, Foster has now met with the media a couple of times, but is not giving up anything about a timetable for his return, although the news on his injury that has leaked out has been generally positive, as it's expected he could be back in time for a Week 5 matchup with the Indianapolis Colts on a Thursday night national telecast. On Tuesday, Foster once again met with the media, this time promoting his September 28 fundraiser for his Arian Foster Family Foundation. The topics were more wide-ranging than just his targeted return date from injury.
Courtesy of John McClain of the Houston Chronicle, Foster talked about his desire to remain in Houston for the balance of his career and continue fundraising activities for as long as possible:
Asked if he wants to end his career with the Texans, Foster said, “I would love to. I don’t want to put on another uniform. It’s a business, though. Whatever they (Texans) feel, they feel. I’m just a cog in a wheel.”
While promoting his Arian Foster Family Foundation Celebrity Servers Charity Dinner Sept. 28 at Morton’s Steakhouse in the Galleria, Foster talked about preparing for life after football.
“I want to do this (charity work for his foundation) until I can’t do it anymore,” he said. “I’ve always believed football is a steppingstone to what I want to do after I play. I feel like my real life will begin after I’m through playing football.
“As of right now, I’m 100 percent about football.”
Foster's fundraiser will take place at Morton's on Monday, September 28, and will feature him and 14 of his teammates (and Houston-based rapper Slim Thug) waiting on tables to raise money for Foster's Foundation, which serves several charitable causes including childhood obesity awareness and financial education for young people. For more information about the fundraiser or Foster’s foundation, go to www.arianfoster.org or call the foundation at 310-649-5222 or Morton’s at 713-629-1946.
Griffin to Injured Reserve With Option to Return
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Heading into the 2015 season, the Texans and their fans were hopeful that the tight ends on the roster would see more activity, and in turn yield more productivity than they did collectively in 2014, when they were one of the least productive position groups in the league. Those hopes took a big blow on Sunday when tight end Ryan Griffin left the loss to the Chiefs in the fourth quarter with a severely sprained medial collateral ligament.
On Tuesday, the Texans placed Griffin on the "injured reserve/designated to return" list. Each team can place one player on injured reserve and leave open the option of reactivating him once his injury has healed. The Texans are using this designation on Griffin. By rule, Griffin can return to practice after six weeks and can play after eight weeks. Once he returns to practice, the Texans have 21 days to activate him or place him on injured reserve for the season. Griffin will not need surgery on the knee, which is a big reason they can use this designation.
The Texans will not be adding another tight end before Sunday's game in Carolina. Griffin had worked his way into what was starting to be an integral role in the offense, having been targeted four times on Sunday by Texans quarterbacks, catching one pass for 18 yards.
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